TechCrunch has excerpt from Professor of Law Andrew Guthrie book The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement. While "predictive policing" could deter crime, the big data needed to make it work puts everyone under a constant state of surveillance.
TEvery day, police wait in the predicted locations looking for the forecast crime. The theory: put police in the box at the right time and stop a crime. The goal: to deter the criminal actors from victimizing that location.
Soon, real-time facial-recognition software will link existing video surveillance cameras and massive biometric databases to automatically identify people with open warrants. Soon, social media feeds will alert police to imminent violence from rival gangs.
Soon, data-matching technologies will find suspicious activity from billions of otherwise-anonymous consumer transactions and personal communications. By digitizing faces, communications, and patterns, police will instantly and accurately be able to investigate billions of all-too-human clues.
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